Best Boomboxes

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 19, 2018
Everybody knows that there's no party without music and there is still no better way to bring that music to a party than with a boombox. This little music box is capable of playing music like real sound blasters. We've chosen some of the best boomboxes out there so you could pick the one that will fit your kind of party. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Playback
RMS Power
Speakers
Power Source
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

You can control the device via the mobile JBL Connect app. Additionally, it allows you to skip and pause songs with voice commands (Google Now and Siri), pair several JBL boomboxes together, and utilize a number of other features.

CONS

The audio output power is quite low when the battery charge is low as well.

OUR VERDICT

With JBL boombox at your disposal, it will be a real blast to arrange beach and pool parties since you won't have to worry about accidentally dropping the device into the water. Enjoy the music through all day and night with an enormous battery capacity.

detailed parameters
Playback

-Bluetooth

-AUX in

RMS Power

60 W

Speakers

2 x Woofers, 2 x Tweeters

Power Source

Rechargeable battery (20000 mAh - up to 24 hours of listening)

Extras

Indoor/outdoor sound modes, Built-in microphone, 2 x USB ports for charging devices, Compatible with JBL connect app, Carrying handle, Waterproof housing (IPx7 rating)

Dimensions

19.5"W x 7.7"D x 10"H

11.6 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

2 x 1/4 input jacks allow for connecting the microphone, guitar, and other musical instruments. This way, you can also use the boombox as a regular combo-amplifier.

CONS

The quality of the FM-radio signal is less than impressive due to the lack of the external antenna.

OUR VERDICT

A boombox from Pyle is a real party maker. The acoustic system with a wattage of 300W has everything: LED lights, subwoofer, and powerful speakers. On top of that, the LED lights have 9 different modes to set the right mood for your party.

detailed parameters
Playback

-Bluetooth

-USB

-FM-radio

-AUX in

-2 x 1/4" Input Jacks

RMS Power

60 W

Speakers

1 x Woofer, 2 x Tweeters

Power Source

Rechargeable battery (2000 mAh - up to 5 hours of listening)

Extras

Remote control, LED lighting (9 modes), Loops for a carrying strap (strap included)

Dimensions

23.6"W x 10.8"D x 10"H

12.2 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

USB recording will provide you with the opportunity to transfer your favorite tracks from USB to CD. On top of that, you can easily connect to the boombox via Bluetooth pairing.

CONS

The CD player won't always be able to read scratched CDs. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite the modest price and compact size, the Sony boombox is a well-made product with a distinct quality of sound. To add more, the special MEGA BASS sound enhancement makes this model a real heartbeat of any shindig. 

detailed parameters
Playback

-Bluetooth

-CD

-USB

-FM/AM-radio

-AUX in

RMS Power

4 W

Speakers

2 x Tweeters

Power Source

AC

6 x Type "C" batteries

Extras

NFC™ One-touch, USB Rec, Carrying handle, Headphones jack, Telescopic antenna

Dimensions

12.6"W x 8.5"D x 5.25"H

4.4 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A built-in microphone allows for answering phone calls and using the boombox as a Bluetooth hands-free headset. Additionally, it has a high sensitivity, which makes your voice loud and clear even while standing several feet away.

CONS

Takes about 6 hours for the battery to fully recharge. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bluetooth loudspeaker from Photive has a stylish look that will always draw attention to itself at any kind of party. Thanks to well-thought-out engineering and a passive subwoofer, your music will be heard even in a loud crowd.

detailed parameters
Playback

-Bluetooth

-AUX in

RMS Power

20 W

Speakers

1 x Woofer, 1 x Tweeter

Power Source

Rechargeable battery (5000 mAh - up to 10 hours of listening)

Extras

Built-in microphone, Carrying handle, Water-resistant housing (IPx5 rating)

Dimensions

11"W x 3.5"D x 6"H

2 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A telescopic antenna increases your chances of receiving AM/FM signals and negates its distortion even if you happen to be far away from the city.

CONS

It takes 8 Type-C batteries to power the device without an AC outlet.

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is a practical boombox that can surprise you with an array of options. You can listen to MP3 files, CDs, and mobile gadgets via the AUX cable. Furthermore, the sound quality is quite impressive for a budget model.

detailed parameters
Playback

-CD

-FM/AM-radio

-AUX in

RMS Power

3 W

Speakers

2 x Tweeters

Power Source

AC

8 x Type "C" batteries

Extras

Carrying handle, Headphones jack, Telescopic antenna

Dimensions

12.4"W x 9"D x 5.75"H

3.4 lbs

Warranty

3 months

JBL JBLBOOMBOXBLKAM

An Essential Music Device

The JBL boombox is a perfect choice for any person who loves listening to music at maximum volumes and in the most extreme weather conditions.

Durable and long-lasting, this model features a battery with an enormous capacity of 20000 mAh. With this kind of battery, you will be able to listen to your favorite tracks for about 24 hours on full volume from a single charge. Additionally, you can use the boombox as a portable charger for your mobile devices such as tablets and phones without pausing the music playback. As for dimensions, the device is actually quite compact despite its rather heavy weight of 11.6 pounds. Fortunately enough, it features a convenient handle on top so it is easy to carry the whole thing even with one hand. The boombox supports a 4.1 Bluetooth protocol and is backwards-compatible with devices that use older versions of this wireless feature.

The housing of the device has an IPx7 protection index, which means that it is almost completely waterproof. It will continue working even if you manage to accidentally drop the speakers into the water up to 3 feet deep. To wrap things up, this model from JBL is a well-balanced device that can deliver a stunning level of sound regardless of weather conditions, making it a perfect pick for outdoor parties.

Review of JBL JBLBOOMBOXBLKAM Boombox Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Pyle PBMSPG190

Party Is Where You Are

Right from the first glance, the Street Blaster from Pyle looks like a very impressive set of speakers. And rightfully so, as the overall audio power of the gadget stands at 60W, which is more than enough to deliver a stunning level of volume. In addition to the superb sound quality, the device is equipped with a digital screen and stylish LED lights that create a great party atmosphere.

Other than that, this Bluetooth boombox is equipped with a 6.5” subwoofer and two 2.5” speakers that create a stereo effect that is similar to home cinema systems. But, since the battery capacity of the device is limited to 2000 mAh, you may consider purchasing a portable charger or a power bank if you intend to use the device for extended periods of time.

As for the connectivity features, you can connect to this street blaster by using a Bluetooth compatible device, a USB stick with music files on it, or via an AUX cable. Dissimilar to other models, you can also use the speakers as a guitar amplifier thanks to a handy guitar slot on the front panel. Although the range of the FM frequency response is around 55-160 KHz, this model struggles with finding the radio stations at frequencies that are close to each other.

In conclusion, the waterproof boombox from Pyle is a rare budget-friendly model that will be able to pleasantly surprise even the most demanding audiophiles.

Review of Pyle PBMSPG190 Bluetooth Boombox Street Blaster Stereo Speaker

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Sony ZSRS60BT

Quality to Match

When phone speakers are just not loud enough, you might want to consider the ZSRS60BT Sony boombox as the model packs a real punch. Though it may look like a blast from the past at the first glance, this device is fairly modern and has a variety of fancy features.

For a start, you can connect to the device via Bluetooth using your phone or other mobile gadgets, which makes it quite a versatile modern boombox with a CD player on board. Furthermore, you can always play your music from a USB stick or via an AUX cable when you don’t feel like draining the battery of your wireless gadget.

Oddly enough, this model has a very unusual feature - it is capable of recording MP3 files on a CD right from the USB flash drive. Of course, though this feature may sound intriguing at first, we doubt that many people will find it particularly useful.

As for the power source of the music player, it can be powered either by 6 type-C batteries or from an AC outlet. Thanks to its small dimensions and the low wattage of the tweeter speakers, the boombox is able to play music up to 26 hours on one set of batteries.

What is more, the device features a convenient carrying handle on the top panel that can be folded. In conclusion, we would say that this portable boombox is a rather unique model as it features a distinct Sony quality but comes at a very modest price, which is more than you could ask for.

Review of Sony ZSRS60BT CD Boombox with Bluetooth and NFC

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Photive PH-M90

A Bulletproof Set of Speakers

The sleek looking Photive Bluetooth loudspeaker will prove to be a true companion for just about any audiophile out there. The housing is rubberized, which makes this model shockproof and soft to the touch. And, for such a small device, it packs a surprising amount of power.

With 2 speakers and a passive subwoofer on board, this model can reach the sound power of staggering 20W. The subwoofer itself is fairly large for such a compact-sized model. Plus, it can increase the overall quality and loudness of your tracks by boosting the low-frequency sounds.

While other similar models often struggle when it comes to playing heavy bass and stereo for more than a couple of hours, the PH-M90 can play music up to 10 hours straight before it has to be recharged, thanks to its 5000 mAh Li-ion battery.

On top of that, the rigged, waterproof (IPX5 rating) housing will allow you to take the boombox to a party or on a holiday vacation and enjoy your favorite tracks regardless of the weather conditions.

The M90 is perhaps one of the best Bluetooth boomboxes in its price range on the market today, with the quality of sound that can compete with much more expensive models. If you want a wireless loudspeaker that features a perfect combination of affordable price and respectable quality, this boombox is the right choice for you.

Review of Photive PH-M90 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Built In Subwoofer

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Jensen CD-490

A Surprising Level of Quality

The Jensen CD player is compact and lightweight and can easily fit almost any place at your house or in your workplace. Thanks to an ergonomic design with a foldable handle on top, you can put the player just about anywhere, from your bedroom table to the kitchen countertop.

As for the player capabilities, the CD playback is fairly smooth for a budget model. Plus, the AM/FM frequency range and response of the player are also quite wide, unlike many other models that feature a radio receiver capability. On top of that, the device has a telescopic antenna that helps when it comes to picking a radio station even when you're out of town. Despite its modest power capabilities that are limited to 3W, this little fellow can deliver a surprisingly good sound quality for such a small device.

Unfortunately, this model does not have any means of wireless playback. On the bright side, however, if you have an AUX cable, you can connect your mobile gadget or even a TV to the player and listen to your favorite artists that way.

Powered by an AC outlet, this little boombox from Jensen can also be used with 8 type-C batteries, meaning that this is actually quite a portable device that you can rely upon even through power outages. All in all, the CD-490 from Jensen is a compact and sturdy CD player that can also be used as a boombox, designed for people who don’t want to spend a fortune on top-of-the-line products.

Review of Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In

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What Is a Boombox?

If you love to listen and share your favorite music tracks with your friends, there is no better device than a boombox. This type of device usually features a powerful set of low and high-frequency speakers to create a stereo sound that can be extremely loud.

When you have a party outdoors, in the forest, on the beach, or simply in your backyard, you don’t often have any means to set up a stereo system at your immediate disposal. That is why boomboxes are still so popular. The parties revolve around them as they set the course and the mood of the holiday.

Modern models are capable of playing the music via wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which is the most important solution that allowed these devices to survive the test of time. All you have to do is just connect to the speakers via your phone, pick a track you want to hear, and press play - everything else is just an extra. Other optional features include AUX input, USB playback, or a CD player. As you'd imagine, more connectivity options mean that you can connect more devices to your speakers.

That said, if you are looking for more sophisticated ways to listen to your favorite music, you may also consider purchasing shower speakers or floor speakers to spice up your home audio system.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-06 08:23:10